City of Turlock

Salary: $12,052.00 – $14,650.00 monthly  

Opening Date: 12/13/22
Closing Date: Continuous 

Position Information

The City of Turlock is seeking applicants for City Engineer. This position works under the Director of Public Works to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the engineering programs; coordinates the engineering aspects of public works maintenance and operations activities; provides technical staff assistance to the City Manager and other department directors; and performs other job related work as required. 

This position is designated as un-represented for Labor Relations purposes and is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a mid-management classification responsible for the management of the Engineering Division and programs/functions involving the management, coordination, and delivery of the Citywide engineering and surveying service. In addition, the job incumbent has direct responsibilities for overseeing and directing the work of subordinate staff. This position differs from other positions involved in engineering functions in the broader responsibility for developing and implementing programs, systems and procedures that affect the overall City operations and multiple departments and units. Duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with law, ordinance, and City policy.

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Plans, develops, and implements or directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities relating to engineering surveying functions. 
  • Participates in Pre-Development meetings regularly. 
  • Directs and reviews all public works engineering activities including design, surveying, and inspection. 
  • Reviews for adherence to engineering principles and standards the construction, maintenance and operations activities of the City of Turlock water distribution, sewer collection, street, storm drain systems, parks and trees, buildings and airport functions. 
  • Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Engineering Division budget; directs and forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments. 
  • Supervises and participates in the development and implementation of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
  • Confers and consults with administrative staff on problems related to the design and construction of public works systems and the interpretation and enforcement of construction specifications.
  • Reviews and evaluates for propriety engineering plans, specifications, engineering reports, cost estimates, contract documents, and proposed ordinances submitted by City staff and consulting engineers.
  • Selects, trains, and evaluates personnel; establishes and monitors employee performance objectives; prepares and present employee performance reviews; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination actions. 
  • Serves as technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council, and Department Heads on public works engineering matters; conducts special studies and assignments; develops comprehensive recommendations for management consideration. 
  • Selects, oversees, and evaluates adequacy of consulting engineering services; prepares requests for proposal; coordinates contract activities and provides technical advice and interpretation as required. Responds to and resolves citizen inquires and complaints. Meets with the public in small and large groups to discuss City public works policies, practices, and problems. 
  • Determines need for new equipment and facilities, major repairs, and rebuilding projects. 
  • Coordinates public works and engineering activities with other City Departments and with outside agencies. 
  • Formulates long-range plans for the community’s infrastructure in conjunction with other management personnel. 
  • Maintains awareness of state-of-the-art developments in engineering management and systems. 
  • Directs the installation of public improvements in subdivisions and other developments and provides supervision of subdivision and development reviews to ensure compliance with the Subdivision Map Act, and the Professional Engineers and Land Surveyor’s Act. 
  • Directs the development, implementation and administration of the City’s Capital Improvement Program. 
  • Acts as Right-of-Way purchasing officer as assigned. 
  • Ensures close coordination with other City departments and affected outside groups. 
  • Prepares specialized budgets related to assigned activities; assists in budget implementation; participates in budget forecasts; administers the approved budget. 
  • Prepares highly complex and technical reports; documents policies and procedures; performs research 
  • Makes presentations before various groups, including City Council, Commissions, and professional and public meetings, as needed. Participates in recruitment and selection activities; makes recommendations for appointment of new staff; assists with staff orientation and training. 
  • Supervises staff including provision of timely performance evaluations; recommends and implements approved discipline; provides staff development; and maintains high standards necessary for efficient, professional operations. 
  • Answers questions; provides information to the public; recommends corrective actions; investigates, reports, documents and resolves complaints. 
  • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed. 
  • Model appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports City policies and procedures, labor laws, and MOU provisions. 
  • Attends assigned meetings and training; interacts with outside agencies and commissions; provides leadership for teams, or committees, as needed. 
  • Assures staff works in a safe manner; follows safety requirements; and monitors compliance. 
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of

  • Principles and practices of engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities, public works maintenance services, technical inspection services, and water systems operations. 
  • Methods, materials, and techniques employed in public works construction and maintenance services. 
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information in the delivery of municipal engineering and surveying services. 
  • Principles and practices of transportation design and management, including traffic, transit, and non-motorized transportation elements, as well as traffic signal system design and operations. 
  • Principles and techniques of budget development and administration. 
  • Principles and practices of organization and personnel management. 
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques. 
  • Principles and practices of supervision, staff selection, training and personnel management. 
  • Safe work practices and related regulations. 
  • Principles of public speaking, conflict resolution and excellent customer service.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct and supervise the work of professional, technical, and office support staff. 
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate personnel. 
  • Organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of a large division in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. 
  • Delegate authority and responsibility and schedule and program work on a long-term basis. 
  • Coordinate the work of consultants, engineering, surveying and administrative staff, as well as other department staff and agencies concerning major construction projects and CIPs. 
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with elected and appointed officials, other employees, and the general public. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing. 
  • Read and comprehend complex laws and regulations and initiate policies and procedures for their implementation. 
  • Lead, manage, evaluate and train personnel effectively and maintain discipline. 
  • Organize, implement and supervise departmental goals and City objectives.
  • Make presentations before groups and represent the City in public forums. 
  • Use computer and needed programs effectively. 
  • Organize, analyze, manage and implement a variety of programs. 
  • Prepare, forecast and administer a budget. 
  • Establish and maintain respectful, effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively, orally, electronically and in writing.

Experience and Education


  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional municipal engineering experience, including three years of administrative/supervisory responsibility.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possession of a certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California. The additional possession of a certificate of registration as a professional land surveyor in the State of California is desirable. 
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Maintenance of a valid California Driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance thereafter is a condition of continued employment.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the essential duties of the position, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; use hands; move fingers to feel objects tools controls, reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 15 pounds; the employee may occasionally be required to work outdoors in different types of weather and cold/heat.

Selection Process

All applicants must complete a standard City of Turlock application for employment form and submit the following documentation: Verification of educational requirements (submit a copy of transcripts or copy of degree) and a copy of certificate of registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California.

  1. You may submit your required certifications using the following options:
    1. Attach a scanned copy in the “Add Attachment” option (of the NeoGov online application) or
    2. Fax a copy to (209) 668-5529 or
    3. Email a copy to or
    4. Drop off copies of your attachments to 156 S. Broadway, Suite 235, Turlock, CA on or before the final filing date.
    5. If you are applying online and attaching documentation to your application, contact Human Relations to assure all of your documentation was received.
  2. Applications will be reviewed for possession of the minimum qualifications. In the event that a large number of applicants possess the minimum qualifications, applicants who appear to be the most qualified based on their breadth and recency of experience will be invited to compete in the testing process.
  3. Candidates invited to compete in the testing process may be required to take a written examination, which will be based on a pass/fail basis. If a written examination is conducted and a large number of candidates receive a passing score, the City reserves the right to invite a percentage of the top scoring candidates to compete in the next phase of the testing process, the oral examination.
  4. Candidates who are invited to participate in the oral examination and receive a score of 70% or more will be placed on an eligibility list. Ranking on the eligibility list will be based solely on the results from the oral exam.
  5. Completion of a practical exercise may be conducted in order to further evaluate skills relating to essential job functions.
  6. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be referred to the Development Services Director for final appointment consideration.
  7. Final appointment will be contingent upon passing the following: reference review, medical examination which includes a drug screening, hearing exam and vision exam.

Veterans’ Preference System

The City of Turlock has adopted a veteran’s preference system (effective January 1, 2002). The percentage score achieved through an entrance (non promotional) examination which ranks applicants on an eligibility list shall be adjusted to provide: (a) one (1) percentage point added to the final test score for each six (6) months of active service during a time of armed conflict, up to a maximum of five (5) points, and (b) five (5) percentage points added to the final test score for veterans who are disabled as a result of active military service during a time of armed conflict, regardless of length of service. To receive preference points, applicants must provide supporting documentation and proof of honorable discharge. In no event shall an applicant receive more than a five (5) point adjustment. This request should be made in section #12 of the employment application form. A copy of your DD214 must be attached for this request to be considered.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Turlock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are sincerely interested in receiving applications from qualified minorities, women and the disabled. Qualified applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political affiliation or belief, except where indicated by requirements of the job. 

The City of Turlock will make every effort to accommodate applicants that have disabilities that would not allow them to compete in the announced process. Applicants are asked to indicate their request for accommodation in the application form.

Medical Examination and Drug Screening

The incumbent will be required to take a medical examination including a drug screening and be fingerprinted.


Health: The City offers health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance plans for employees and dependents, with a generous employer contribution. 

Retirement: Qualified candidates who are currently a CalPERS member or have been a CalPERS member within the last six (6) months or are subject to reciprocity with another eligible retirement plan, may be a “classic member” and may be enrolled in the City’s2.7% @ 55 plan. Non-classic or “new members” will be enrolled in the 2% @ 60 plan. 

Term Life Insurance at 1-1/2 times annual salary 

Long Term Disability Insurance 

Liberal vacation, holiday and leave plans 

Retiree Health Savings (RHS) Vantage Care: Two and one-half percent (2.5%) of the employee’s base payroll will be deposited in each individual’s RHS Vantage Care account

Additional Benefits: 

$200 monthly stipend for vehicle allowance* 

Master’s Degree Incentive Pay* 

Educational Reimbursement Program* 

Computer Loan Program* 

*Upon completion of probation. 

The City of Turlock does not participate in Social Security, although employees hired after April 1, 1986 participate in Medicare.


Information contained herein does not constitute an expressed or implied contract as it is subject to change.

Where to Apply

City of Turlock 

Human Relations Department 

156 S. Broadway, Suite 235 

Turlock, CA 95380-5454 

(209) 668-5540 


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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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